The vaccination programme continues to rollout this week and four testing centres are now up and running across the borough, as mentioned in previous briefings, at locations in Wigan, Leigh, Golborne and Hindley.
Greater Manchester’s large scale centre at the Etihad campus in the city is also now operating.
Please remind residents that if they receive an appointment but cannot make it across to the city centre, then that is no problem. They are asked to wait for another local appointment letter. Their local GP will be in touch as soon as it is their turn.
The national priority remains the over 80s in addition to care home residents and staff. NHS hospital staff are subject to a vaccination rollout programme also.
Work with colleagues at the CCG continues and we hope to have confirmed plans on other priority groups such as the wider social care workforce very soon
The Prime Minister has confirmed all air travel corridors will be temporarily closed from 4am on 18 January to protect against the risk of unidentified new coronavirus strains.
This means that travellers to the UK must have proof of a negative coronavirus test that they have taken in the 72 hours before leaving, must have filled in a Passenger Locator Form and must quarantine for 10 days on arrival.
In a bid to beat the blues, the charity Samaritans is urging people to virtually check in with friends and family.
The charity has launched Brew Monday to turn Blue Monday on its head. The campaign is encouraging everyone to reach out to loved ones for a virtual cuppa and a chat on what is historically known as the most depressing day of the year.
We have been asking residents to participate in Brew Monday and to tag friends on social media on who they would like to connect with.
Flood and weather warnings
The Met Office has issued warnings for heavy rain and flooding expected throughout tomorrow that could continue through the rest of the week. The alert covers many areas across England, including Greater Manchester and Lancashire in the North West.
It means homes and businesses may be affected by flooding and the heavy rain will create difficult driving conditions. The adverse weather is being caused by Storm Christoph.